News from Dr. Cruz: SXSWedu

Team AISD,

It's a big week for big ideas. SXSWedu kicked off Monday with the announcement that Eastside Memorial High School pitched the winning idea for the Rather Prize

Dr. Sanford Jeames, an Eastside teacher, proposed a plan to increase college- and career-readiness among East Austin high school students. The school was awarded $10,000 in grant funding to pursue the project. Congrats, Eastside!

A SXSWedu Whole Child Education Summit highlighted how to support students in being healthy, active, creative and socially skilled. The event was hosted by our Social and Emotional Learning, Creative Learning Initiative, Coordinated School Health and cultural proficiency teams.

My Brother's Keeper was in the spotlight at MBK: Cradle-to-Career Youth Best Practices and at the Greater Austin MBK Summit—a collaboration of ACC, AISD, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Huston-Tillotson University, the City of Austin, Travis County and UT Austin. These events addressed disparities in education and how we can work to change the trajectory for our young men of color.

Our district also hosted a booth at the SXSWedu expo. The interactive experience showcased a variety of programs and initiatives at AISD, as well as student performances.

Be sure to follow #AISDproud and #AISDSXSW this week to see the big ideas brewing at SXSWedu.

Paul Cruz, Ph.D.